5 Ways Play-doh can help with reading readiness
You may find that you can do even more than this. These were just a few of the fun ideas we explored.
Learning Letters using Lines
Start by writing a letter on the dry erase board. Your child can roll out the play doh to build each letter. This also helps with early writing. You can also discuss the letter and what sound it makes as your child builds it. It can be a great exercise if you have the child roll out the play-doh into long strips.
Learning Letters using Dots
Another great way for your child to work on learning their letters is letting them build the letters with dots. C rolled out the play-doh into small balls and smashed them on. This hands-on way of doing things reinforces learning. He loved the fact that he could smash the play-doh in the process.
Letter Sound Drills
I didn’t grab a picture of this one but it works. Put an animal, toy, or other item in front of the child. Ask them what letter sound it starts with. After they answer correctly let them build the letter. If they don’t know write the letter for them and let them build it. They can also build the item next to the letter for added letter association. You can click the image above to get printable letter blend flash cards. These would be great to laminate and use with this lesson.
You can start with the ending of a word sound you are working on. With R we were working on the ACK blend. I built the ACK and she added on the beginning letter to build the word. You can use AT, OG, or many endings to work on early reading with children.
Building Words from an item
Set out an item for a child and have them build the word for you from their play-doh. The image above is from telling R to look at my back. She built the word Back. You can do this with just about any item. Just make sure to keep the words on your child’s level. If you overwhelm them you may lose their focus.
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